We are pleased to announce that a project to digitise all Bath theses and upload them to Pure so the are available via the Research Portal is nearing completion. Staff from the Library, Computer Services, and Research and Innovation Service spent time over the summer and autumn uploading over 2,000 digitised records which can now be accessed for free on the Portal.
Since 2008 the University has required students to upload an e-copy of their thesis to Pure as well as submit a hard copy to the Library. Prior to this date only a paper copy was submitted and stored on level one of the Library. In order to increase access and discoverability of these historical theses, several years ago the University contracted ProQuest to digitise them all. Having uploaded the majority to Pure, you can now find theses dating back to the 1970s on the Research Portal.
Once the project is complete the earliest thesis available will be from 1967, awarded just one year after the University received its royal charter. What speedy writers they must have been!
The British Library will soon start harvesting the theses from Pure meaning they will also be available via their well-established EThOS service.
We currently have 4000 e-theses records in the Portal and this will continue to grow as new theses are awarded and uploaded to the system. With around five to ten deposits added every week the numbers will soon increase!
As well as showcasing their theses to the world, students can make the most of Pure’s functionality by linking out to the datasets that underpin the research, as well as to publications that may have derived from their studies.
Usage statistics indicate that our student theses are some of the most downloaded outputs from the Research Portal. Roland Hudson’s thesis ‘Strategies for Parametric Design in Architecture: An application of practice led research‘ has been downloaded nearly 19,000 times since 2010. And Carlos Finol Parra’s ‘Heat transfer investigations in a modern diesel engine‘ from 2008 comes in at almost 17,000 views over the last decade.
We hope that by making all our theses openly available even more people will be able to discover and access the valuable research conducted by our doctoral students.
For any questions related to e-theses at the University of Bath please contact Hannah DeGroff, Scholarly Communications Librarian (H.J.DeGroff@bath.ac.uk).